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Brinkmann’s Offers All Benjamin Moore Brand Paints and Colors

Not all paint is the same. Our commitment to quality means that we only carry the best; that’s why we began a partnership with Benjamin Moore Paints in 1977. Since 1883, Benjamin Moore has been continuously breaking new ground in paint technology, staying ahead of trends and setting the standard for innovation and quality in the paint industry.
 
Experts at Brinkmann’s Hardware on Long Island are highly trained in all the ins and outs of Benjamin Moore paints. From preparation to application we can help you find the right product in the perfect color that will work for you and stand the test of time. Visit one of our several Benjamin Moore stores in Holbrook, Blue Point, Miller Place, and Sayville to discuss your painting needs with our trusted local staff, who can help you select the right Benjamin Moore paint colors.
Painting is one of the most effective and affordable ways to renovate your home, and there’s no brand as trusted (or with as many color options) as Benjamin Moore & Co. Since 1883 Benjamin Moore has produced the highest-quality paints and finishes in the industry and Brinkmann’s is proud to be one of the company’s authorized retailers.
 
We carry the largest selection of Benjamin Moore paints and stains on Long Island. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff is on hand to offer expert advice on custom color matching and textures to help you achieve beautiful, lasting results.

Allow Benjamin Moore to Inspire You

Brinkmann’s Hardware Long Island employees are familiar with all types of Benjamin Moore paint. They can offer ideas or assist you with planning a painting project for a living room, bedroom, or bathroom. With the guidance of our specialists you can gain an understanding of hues and depth of color and how using the right paint can create a high-quality finish that lasts.

Do you prefer a solid or glossier look? It might be hard to judge without the help of an expert, but paint specialists at Brinkmann’s can explain the differences and even suggest what might work best for the room or exterior wall. We don’t expect you to be an expert in home décor, so we offer practical advice on interior paint ideas and Benjamin Moore paint colors that might work best.

Featured Stains - ARBORCOAT® Series

This series includes an exterior stain intended for wood. When applied, it effectively enhances the texture and grain of the wood. The stain is available in several types including:

  • Ultra-Flat Waterborne Solid Stain
  • ARBORCOAT Stain – Solid
  • ARBORCOAT Stain – Semi-Solid
  • ARBORCOAT Stain – Semi-Transparent
  • ARBORCOAT Stain – Translucent
  • ARBORCOAT Clear Coat
  • ARBORCOAT Exterior Waterproofer – Clear
  • ARBORCOAT Semi-Solid Classic Oil Finish
  • ARBORCOAT Semi-Transparent Classic Oil Finish
  • ARBORCOAT Translucent Classic Oil Finish
  • ARBORCOAT Exterior Oil Primer

Our featured stain products from Benjamin Moore can be combined with high-quality surface prep products, exterior paints, and the Benjamin Moore Composite Deck Cleaner for PVC decking, furniture, railings, and fences.

 

How to Choose

Choosing paint colors is often a tough decision. For the most part, the color you choose depends on what goes best with the furniture and décor of the room. Paint isn’t always the focal point for color, and neutral tones are often best. Bolder colors are often good for bathrooms because most bathroom furnishings are white.

The type of paint is as important as the wall colors you want. The types you’re most likely to encounter are:
  • Latex paint: The most commonly used, it is typically durable and generally easy to clean up and does not often blister on walls.
  • Oil paint: Oil generally takes longer to dry but is suited for priming real wood moldings and trim, and it seals wood stains and knots. Oil-based primers can be used first and painted over with a latex coating.
Sheen is important to think about even if you’ve found the perfect paint color. Glossy paint is easy to clean, but it makes any imperfections in the wall stand out. Overly shiny walls in a living room, kitchen, or bathroom may not be desirable, but other choices include:
  • Semi-gloss: Provides a shine but is not glass-like
  • Satin/Pearl enamel: Somewhat shiny but stands up to moisture and frequent wiping
  • Flat enamel: Almost no shine, but still cleanable, so it is a good choice for households with kids or pets
  • Matte paint: Has no shine and is good for low-traffic areas, ceilings, or where there are lots of imperfections
This is a question that depends on your preferences and intentions. White or off-white gives a room a bright and clean appearance and is good if selling a home, so a buyer can pick any other color. If you’re going for vibrant colors, reds, yellows, and oranges are best. Muted shades contribute warmth. For an airier feel, blues, greens, and purples are effective—especially for small rooms; combining different shades of your main color can have a soothing effect too.
 
Using different shades of a color, such as blue, can make a room feel calm. This is a good paint scheme for a bedroom or bathroom. The wall can be painted darker, but the trim can be painted a slightly lighter shade. Lighter colors tend to provide subtlety, neutral ones a hint of elegance, and contrasting colors can make a room more vibrant.
 
Continue browsing our website to find Benjamin Moore paint colors or contact us online for help choosing paint colors that bring a personal touch to your home.

How Do I Prepare a Room

Painting a room is one home improvement people often do on their own. You don’t necessarily need a professional, but inadequate paint prep will show and it will not go away. That’s why you must follow a few simple steps before adding the final coat of paint.

Before you do anything, gather the tools you’ll need for the job. There’s more to it than stroking the brush and adding color to the wall. For example, drywall may need to be smoothed out, and some surfaces may need to be sanded. The necessary tools are as follows:
  • Painter’s toolpainting tools
  • 5-in-1 tool
  • Drop cloth or plastic
  • Sponge
  • TSP
  • Masking tape
  • Bucket
  • Spackling compound
  • Drywall joint compound
  • Caulking gun
  • Rags
  • Sandpaper
  • Sanding sponge
  • Primer
Clear the Room
The area should be clear of obstacles. Removal of all furniture and upholstery keeps it out of the way and protected from splattering. If an item is too heavy or big, move it to the center of the room and away from walls. Also, cover it with cloth or plastic so it stays clean.
 
Remove Light Switches and Electrical Outlet Panels
These can be challenging to work around and hard not to ruin while working. Therefore, remove all the switches and outlet panels using a multi-tool device. This does not take long and is something you’ll be glad that you did.
 
Protect Your Floors
Professional drop cloths are best, but you could also use newspaper or plastic sheeting. However, plastic tears and shifts more easily. The best options include heavy canvas drop cloths, while butyl-backed ones prevent spilled paint from soaking through, further protecting hardwood and carpet. Both prevent paint from being tracked through the house.
 
Clean the Walls
Cleaning is an important step while surfaces are being prepped. Proceed with water mixed with mild detergent and remove stains and smudges with something like Trisodium Phosphate and bleach. This mixture can remove mildew as well. Remember to be thorough and allow the walls to dry before proceeding to the next steps.
 
Patch Work and Sanding
Remove any nails that may be in the walls, and then cover up any hole or imperfection with a drywall compound or spackling product. You can use a spackling tool to fill holes and spaces or even use your fingers. Next, sand the entire wall so there’s no unevenness in the final coat.
 
Caulk
Run the caulking tool along any gaps between the wall and window/door casings or baseboards. An acrylic latex caulking compound will do. Apply masking tape to wall moldings, door and window borders, and areas you don’t want to be ruined.
 
Prime
The proper finishes will ensure the walls are ready to be painted. Unless a low gloss, water-based product is already present use a primer to ensure the best results. Apply it with a brush, dipping it in a bucket full of primer as if it were a painting compound. It should be the same color as the paint you are about to use.
 
Adequate preparation can reduce the number of times you need to apply coatings and will ensure the finishes of your walls look professional.

How Much Do I Need?

Interior painting generally doesn’t require much expertise. Many people do it on their own, but before you start it’s important to know how much paint to buy. The project’s exact scope depends on the size of the room and the surfaces you intend to paint. Generally, a painting project requires two coats or more. That’s something to consider when doing the math.

Mathematical calculations are needed to accurately determine the amount of paint to use. This must be done for each surface you plan to coat. We’ll provide some examples and how to measure a room below. First, here are some general tips and rules of thumb:
  • About one gallon of paint will cover 350 square feet of wall in a single coat
  • For unfinished, dark, or heavily patched walls at least two coats of paint are needed
  • Unpainted drywall absorbs some paint, so you’ll need to buy a special primer
The color you use also affects the amount of paint needed, as does making a dramatic color change from the underlying coat. Primer is an important factor, here. Adding a darker tint to a white primer can help; the closer this tint is to the paint colors, the better the result will be.
Determining the square footage of a wall requires just a simple formula. Just multiply the width by the height, so a 10-foot-high wall that is 12 feet long is 120 square feet.
 
For doors and windows the same concept applies. If a door opening measures 20 square feet, then that number would have to be subtracted from the total wall area. That leaves you with 100 square feet of wall to paint.
 
Given the value of 350 square feet per gallon, divide the wall coverage by that number (100/350), and the answer is 0.28 gallons. A larger wall of 250 square feet would require 0.71 gallons. You could, therefore, round up to a gallon, assuming a single coat will be applied.
 
Measuring the Entire Room
Painting an entire room requires completing the same measurements for each wall, minus the total surface area of each door and window. This will determine the total add up of every wall (with every subtracted area eliminated from the equation) so you know the total wall area.
 
Assuming a room of 1,000 square feet, the standard calculation would yield just over three gallons of paint. However, most people don’t need an extra gallon sitting around. Supply stores sell paint in non-average size containers. Buy an extra quart and you have some left for touch-ups.
 
To make things easier you could use an online paint calculator, which will do the math for you.
For solid walls and ceilings the same total Length times Width (L x W) calculation yields their area. Trim is a different story. Measure the length in feet, times ½ foot to account for a typical width. This goes for trims around windows, doors, ceilings, built-in furniture, and baseboards. Subtract the trim totals if you don’t want to paint them; add them in if a coat of paint will be applied.
 
If you need help in deciding how much paint to buy contact Brinkmann’s today.

How To Paint a Room

Once you’ve chosen a color, acquired the paint you’ll need, and prepped the room, it’s time to do the actual painting. Now is when your walls and ceiling will become the color you desire. Assuming you’ve done the cleaning, patching, and priming, it is time to move forward.

First, make sure all the tools are in place. Use this list to check off what you have:
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paint roller
  • Roller extension poll
  • Masking/painter’s tape
  • Utility knife
  • Paint bucket
  • Work gloves
  • Roller tray
  • Screen
Using a Brush or Roller
Paintbrushes come in various styles and sizes. In general, use a brush near the trim and where you applied the masking tape. Move in a back and forth motion. When most of the paint on the brush is used apply paint next to the tape and overlap some strokes onto it, so there won’t be enough to get between the tape and the wall.
 
Rollers are great for painting large areas. When using one don’t dip it completely into the paint bucket, but about ½ inch; then roll it against the screen until completely covered. Work the fully loaded roller from top to bottom. Use V or W-shaped strokes when going back and forth until that wall section is completely covered.
 
Techniques
It may appear as if the roller technique will leave an uneven coat of paint. To avoid that continue rolling before reloading, over the same section, in a smooth, continuous stroke. Your primary motion now will be top to bottom; keep the roller in contact with the surface to even out the coat and cover up tracks and lines. Only lightly lift the roller when overlapping previously painted areas.
 
Paint Order
When painting you want to limit your workload to manageable spaces. For example, roll in areas of 3 x 3 feet, starting near the ceiling and moving toward the floor. Blend each section before moving on to the next, from one end of the room to the other.
 
Next, remove the masking tape, but you’ll need to wait until the paint starts to dry. You can do this just before it’s completely dried or very soon after. Otherwise, pieces of tape can tear and mar the surface. Pull the tape at a 45-degree angle; if pieces are stuck in dried paint, slice into the paint with a utility knife and then pull at the tape.
 
Tips for a Perfect Finish
  • Follow the same process and techniques used when applying primer
  • Roll paint along edges to ensure consistency
  • Feather out paint using a dry roller when you paint the ceiling (where wet edges are problematic)
  • Wait until the first coat dries completely before adding a second coat (usually two to four hours)
  • Paint the trim first, then move on to the ceiling before painting walls
  • Let the paint dry before cutting the tape
 
Painting Straight Lines
Using different paints or patterns presents a challenge, but straight lines are possible. Paintbrushes and rollers are hardly perfect enough to do this alone. Apply tape to where you want an edge of dividing space between two colors. Paint over that area and the space where you want the desired color and/or texture. Next, follow the steps above for removing the tape.
 
For more tips on painting a room, and to shop our top brands of paint, continue browsing our website. Send us a message online if you have questions or need assistance.
 
Not sure how to finish a project? Talk to any one of the paint professionals at Brinkmann’s for the right advice on any project, big or small. At Brinkmann’s, we have the largest selection of Benjamin Moore paints on Long Island, the best prices on applicators and accessories, and a knowledgeable and friendly staff to help you on your way.
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